Dear partners, stakeholders, and friends,

The Board of MUHURI would like to announce the appointment of Abubakar Zein as the new Executive Director, effective January 2020. Our new director brings to our fold more than 20 years of immense commitment to the struggle for good governance, respect for human rights and the rule of law, and upholding of constitutionalism.

The Board, secretariat, and the constituency welcome him at a time MUHURI is investing in a transformative agenda, based on its new strategic plan, which heralds a new decade that brings to the fore many opportunities and challenges. These include threats to democracy, human rights, and the rule of law; climate change; the need to build better and more effective forms of citizen participation and organization, and; oppression, inequality, and the marginalization of the people.

We request all our partners to accord him and the MUHURI team the necessary support they may require in their endeavours.

About Abubakar Zein

Abubakar Zein Abubakar has held responsible and strategic positions in Kenya and the East African region, all the time, demonstrating high performance and exemplary leadership.

2017 – 2020: Zein was one of the founder directors of Orature Collective. He focused on transforming organizational culture and structures, research, and futures. He dealt with transformative leadership and achieving results.                                                 

June 2012 – June 2017: He represented Kenya in the East African Community (EAC) at the East African Legislative Assembly (EALA). He was a member of the Regional Affairs and Conflict Resolution Committee and the General-Purpose Committee.

2012: He was a member of the founding Steering Committee of the UWIANO Peace Platform, which focused on the conflict prevention strategy and enhanced collaboration between peace actors in Kenya.

2011 – 2012: He was the executive director, accounting officer, and secretary to the Board of Trustees at Uraia Trust – the leading independent provider and facilitator of Civic education and civic engagement in Kenya. He transformed Uraia from a donor program to a credible Kenyan Institution.

2010 – 2012: He served as a member of the Kenya National Steering Committee of the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD).                                                   

2009 – 2012: He was a member of the Governing Council of the Kenya Cultural Centre, including the Kenya National Theatre.

2007 – 2011: He was a program manager at the National Civic Education Program, Phase II.

2007 – 2011: He was the team leader of the National Response Initiative (NRI), which responded to the national crisis after the 2007-08 post-election violence (PEV). NRI, under Zein’s stewardship, worked and supported Agenda Four, which arose from the National Dialogue and Reconciliation Agreement that former President Mwai Kibaki and ex-Premier Raila Odinga signed on February 1, 2008, to end PEV.

2001 – 2006: He was a commissioner at the Constitution of Kenya Review Commission (CKRC).

2004: He was the team leader of the Evaluation of the Zanzibar Legal Services Centre (ZLSC).

2003: He was the chairman of the East African Eminent Persons Fact-Finding Mission on the Mwafaka (reconciliation), Kituo cha Katiba, and the East African Centre for Constitution Development in Kampala, Uganda. His team’s findings and recommendations are contained in this report: “Constitutionalism and Political Stability in Zanzibar: The Search of a New Vision”, 2003. Prof. Onyango Aloka and Marria Nassali edited this report.